Big Ten Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Year

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Big Ten Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Year
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Awarded forthe most outstanding basketball player in the Big Ten Conference
CountryUnited States
Presented byBig Ten head coaches (1983–present)
Big Ten media (1996–present)
First awarded1983
Currently held by Caitlin Clark, Iowa

The Big Ten Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Year is a basketball award given to the Big Ten Conference's most outstanding player. The award was first given following the Big Ten's first full season of women's basketball in 1982–83 (although the conference held its first postseason tournament the previous season). The league's head coaches have presented the award since 1983; media members who cover Big Ten women's basketball began presenting their own version of the award in 1996. [n 1]

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Nine players have won the award multiple times. Six players have won twice: Anucha Browne of Northwestern (1984, 1985), Tracey Hall of Ohio State (1986, 1987), Katie Douglas of Purdue (2000, 2001), Kelly Mazzante of Penn State (2003, 2004), Maggie Lucas of Penn State (2013, 2014), and Megan Gustafson of Iowa (2018, 2019). Three players, all from Ohio State, have won more than two awards. Jantel Lavender is the only four-time winner (2008–2011), though only the 2009 and 2010 awards were unanimous (she won the coaches' award in 2008 and the media award in 2011). Jessica Davenport is the only player to have been the unanimous winner of three awards (2005–2007). The other three-time winner, Kelsey Mitchell, won the coaches' award in 2015 and 2018 and both awards in 2017.

Three players have won a major national player of the year award in the same season in which they won the Big Ten award. Carol Ann Shudlick of Minnesota won the Wade Trophy along with the Big Ten award in 1994; Stephanie White of Purdue won the same two awards in 1999; and Gustafson won the Big Ten award and Naismith Trophy in 2019.

The coaches and media have split their honors six times in all, with the most recent being 2018, when Mitchell won the coaches' award and Gustafson won the media award.

Ohio State has the record for the most awards with 15, and the most individuals who have won the award, with seven. Of current Big Ten Conference members, three schools have never had a winner: long-established member Indiana, and the two schools that joined the conference in 2014, Maryland and Rutgers.

Key

Co-Players of the Year
CCoaches selection
MMedia selection
*Awarded a national Player of the Year award: Wade Trophy (1977–78 to present)
Naismith College Player of the Year (1982–83 to present)
John R. Wooden Award (2003–04 to present)
Player (X)Denotes the number of times the player has been named the Big Ten Player of the Year at that point

Winners

SeasonPlayerSchoolPositionClassReference
1982–83 Laura Coenen Minnesota Sophomore
1983–84 Anucha Browne Northwestern Junior
1984–85 Anucha Browne (2) Northwestern Senior
1985–86 Tracey Hall Ohio State Sophomore
1986–87 Tracey Hall (2) Ohio State Junior
1987–88 Michelle Edwards Iowa G Senior
1988–89Lisa Cline Ohio State F Senior
1989–90Franthea Price Iowa G Senior
1990–91Joy Holmes Purdue F Senior
1991–92 MaChelle Joseph Purdue G Senior
1992–93 Toni Foster Iowa F Senior
1993–94 Carol Ann Shudlick * Minnesota F/C Senior
1994–95 Stacey Lovelace Purdue F Junior
1995–96 Katie Smith Ohio State F Senior
1996–97 Ashley Berggren Illinois G Junior
1997–98 Tangela Smith Iowa C Senior
1998–99 Stephanie White * Purdue G Senior
1999–2000 Helen Darling C Penn State G Senior
1999–2000 Katie Douglas M Purdue G Junior
2000–01 Katie Douglas (2) Purdue G Senior
2001–02 Lindsay Whalen Minnesota G Sophomore
2002–03 Kelly Mazzante Penn State G Junior
2003–04 Kelly Mazzante (2) Penn State G Senior
2004–05 Jessica Davenport Ohio State C Sophomore
2005–06 Jessica Davenport (2) Ohio State C Junior
2006–07 Jessica Davenport (3) Ohio State C Senior
2007–08 Jolene Anderson M Wisconsin G Senior
2007–08 Jantel Lavender C Ohio State C Freshman
2008–09 Jantel Lavender (2) Ohio State C Sophomore
2009–10 Jantel Lavender (3) Ohio State C Junior
2010–11 Kalisha Keane C Michigan State F Senior
2010–11 Jantel Lavender (4)M Ohio State C Senior
2011–12 Samantha Prahalis Ohio State G [1] Senior
2012–13 Maggie Lucas Penn State G Junior
2013–14 Jordan Hooper C Nebraska F [2] Senior
2013–14 Maggie Lucas (2)M Penn State G Senior
2014–15 Kelsey Mitchell C Ohio State G Freshman [3]
2014–15 Amanda Zahui B. M Minnesota C Sophomore [3]
2015–16 Rachel Banham Minnesota G Senior [4]
2016–17 Kelsey Mitchell (2) Ohio State G Junior [5]
2017–18 Kelsey Mitchell C (3) Ohio State G Senior [6]
2017–18 Megan Gustafson M Iowa F Junior [6]
2018–19 Megan Gustafson * (2) Iowa F Senior [7]
2019–20 Kathleen Doyle Iowa G Senior [8]
2020–21 Naz Hillmon Michigan F Junior [9]
2021–22 Caitlin Clark Iowa G Sophomore [10]

Winners by school

School (year joined)WinnersYears
Ohio State (1912)151986, 1987, 1989, 1996, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2017, 2018
Iowa (1900)81988, 1990, 1993, 1998, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2022
Minnesota (1896)51983, 1994, 2002, 2015, 2016
Penn State (1993)52000, 2003, 2004, 2013, 2014
Purdue (1896)51991, 1992, 1995, 2000, 2001
Northwestern (1896)21984, 1985
Illinois (1896)11997
Michigan (1896)12021
Michigan State (1953)12011
Nebraska (2011)12014
Wisconsin (1896)12008
Indiana (1900)0
Maryland (2014)0
Rutgers (2014)0

See also

Footnotes

  1. Big Ten records do not directly state when media began presenting a Player of the Year award. However, the Big Ten's 2014–15 women's basketball media guide, the primary reference for this article, explicitly states that media members began selecting an all-conference team in the 1995–96 season (see p. 76). It can therefore be safely assumed that media began choosing their own Player of the Year at that time.

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